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Concert: Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja, Chicago Symphony Center, February 16

8:00 PM
Symphony Center Presents
Wednesday February 16, 2011

Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is hailed as one of the great singers of his generation for the beauty of his voice and his magnetic stage presence. He will perform romantic songs by Fauré, Taneyev, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky, accompanied by Ivari Ilja.

Program to include works by Fauré, Taneyev, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky

Tickets $28 and up:

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Concert: St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Center, March 30

8:00 PM
Rimsky-Korsakov/ Shostakovich/ Dvorák
Wednesday March 30, 2011

Founded more than 200 years ago, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Under the astute leadership of longtime music director Yuri Temirkanov, the orchestra appears with the young virtuoso Alisa Weilerstein, fresh from her Orchestra Hall debut in the 2009 Dvorák Festival.

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

Tickets $24 and up:

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Concert: Yuri Bashmet and Evgeny Kissin, Chicago Symphony Center, April 17

Symphony Center Presents is thrilled to welcome back Yuri Bashmet, undoubtedly the greatest violist of our time. Witness the electric energy between Bashmet and Evgeny Kissin when they perform these formidable works by Shostakovich and Schubert as part of Kissin’s 2010/11 Chicago residency.

April 17, 3pm

The appearance of Evgeny Kissin is generously sponsored by the JS Charitable Trust.

Program to include:

  • Shostakovich Viola Sonata
  • Schubert Sonata in A Minor (Arpeggione

Tickets $33 and up:

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Folk: Mazowsze: Christmas in Poland, Symphony Center

From our friends at the Chicago Symphony Center:

Celebrate Polish National Independence Day!

Internationally recognized as Poland’s cultural ambassadors, Mazowsze has performed more than 6,000 shows around the world over the last six decades. The incomparable National Song and Dance Ensemble of Poland returns to Chicago with a festive holiday program of Polish carols and dances presented in an amazing kaleidoscopic display of dazzling movement, vibrant color and stunning beauty. The New York Times says, “There is nothing greater than Mazowsze!” Call 312-294-3000 or visit to purchase your tickets today!

Symphony Center Presents Special

Saturday, November 27, 3:00
Sunday, November 28, 3:00
Sunday, November 28, 7:00

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Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra at CSO, November 12

Information taken directly from CSO Website:

“First rate string players honed by Vladimir Spivakov to a rare fineness of ensemble. What the violinist has achieved with this group is remarkable.” – The New York Times

“[Alexander Ghindin’s] performance was a feast of keyboard virtuosity…”  – Cleveland Plain Dealer

Maestro Artist Management  is proud to announce a highly-anticipated performance by one of the world’s most acclaimed chamber orchestras, Moscow Virtuosi, led by internationally-renowned violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov. Comprised of top-ranking soloists and former principle chairs of the great orchestras of Russia, the Moscow Virtuosi, under the leadership of Vladimir Spivakov, has been in demand at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls since its inception over 30 years ago.

The soloist for this performance is brilliant Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin, who rapidly established himself as a major force on the international piano scene since becoming the youngest prize winner ever of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994, later gaining Second Prize at Brussels International Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1999. In 2007 he won the first prize of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, impressing judges with a performance of Rachmaninoff No. 3 with the Cleveland Orchestra.  Washington Post raves: “…Alexander Ghindin is an uncommonly musical pianist, and his concert at the Kennedy Center was in every way triumphal…”

Tickets are available by calling (312) 294-3000 or on-line.

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Mariinsky Orchestra at CSO, October 12

Russian Foundation of Chicago graciously extended a discount to all its members and friends. To receive 20% discount, mention code RF20% when purchasing tickets by phone at 312.294.3000 or at the box office at 220 S. Michigan Ave (discount not available online).

Information taken from CSO website:

The Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly the Kirov Orchestra) and its visionary director Valery Gergiev present an unforgettable evening of Russian masterpieces. Rising star Denis Matsuev joins Gergiev for Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, and the program concludes with Shostakovich’s final symphony, notable for its quotations of Rossini, Wagner and his own Fourth Symphony.

Maestro Valery Gergiev and Pianist Denis Matsuev will sign copies of their CD Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Grainger Ballroom following this performance.

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